We Axed this Tax!
Louis and I have just returned to the office from the Beehive, where we watched as Jacinda Ardern announced she has completely and totally ruled out a capital gains tax under her leadership.
This wasn't easy for the Prime Minister. She literally told the media she wanted Michael Cullen's capital gains tax. But you wouldn't let her have it.
All up, more than 5,000 New Zealanders used our tool at www.AxeThisTax.nz to bombard Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters with messages telling them to scrap this unfair, complex, and costly tax. In addition, our efforts last year ensured that the vast majority of submissions to the Tax Working Group resisted Michael Cullen's efforts. Today's announcement showed that it worked.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, has just told media that the final decision was only taken in the last 'few hours'. That means our campaigning, even in the last few days, made all the difference.
This is why we founded the Taxpayers' Union
Wins like today are why David Farrar and I set up the Taxpayers' Union back in 2013. The 'Axe this Tax' campaign could not have happened without the tens of thousands of people who have donated and supported our campaign efforts over those years.
To our fourty thousand members and supporters, thank you for making it possible.